As society becomes more diverse, it is important for the physical therapy profession to reflect those differences. Increasing the diversity of the profession and fostering growth in cultural competence have been part of APTA's vision and mission for many years. The literature supports the premise that having diverse backgrounds helps physical therapy providers better connect with minority patients and offer person-centered care that is more sensitive to the patient'sÊbeliefs and needs. The greater our diversity, the deeper and richer our understanding will be of the needs of our varied population. However, despite growing evidence regarding the importance of understanding and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in physical therapy education and practice, challenges continue to exist. This session will present 5 hot topics in DEI that impact PT and PTA students, clinicians, patients and clients, and families receiving care from pediatricÊPTs and PTAs.